Top Sanders campaign official: He speaks for 'consciousness of this country'

A top campaign official for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders seeks spark from Ocasio-Cortez at Queens rally On The Money: Supreme Court takes up challenge to CFPB | Warren's surge brings scrutiny to wealth tax | Senators eye curbs on Trump emergency powers Biden seeks to fundraise off fact he's running out of money MORE told Hill.TV on Thursday that the Democratic presidential candidate not only has both the right ideas to move the U.S. forward and the courage to carry them out.

“The senator is really speaking to the consciousness of this country,” Nina Turner, co-chairwoman Sanders's presidential campaign, told Hill.TV correspondent Jamal Simmons on Thursday. 

“We need that kind of leader — somebody who not just has the right ideas, but has the courage to carry [them] through,” she added. "The senator, certainly over the years, has proven himself as somebody who will stand up and not capitulate and will be right there for the working people of this country."

Turner’s comments came just hours before the third Democratic debate in Houston.

Sanders will be one of 10 candidates on the stage, along with former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump knocks Romney as 'Democrat secret asset' in new video Giuliani asked State Dept. to grant visa for ex-Ukraine official at center of Biden allegations: report Perry won't comply with subpoena in impeachment inquiry MORE and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenHillicon Valley: GOP lawmakers offer election security measure | FTC Dem worries government is 'captured' by Big Tech | Lawmakers condemn Apple over Hong Kong censorship Sanders seeks spark from Ocasio-Cortez at Queens rally On The Money: Supreme Court takes up challenge to CFPB | Warren's surge brings scrutiny to wealth tax | Senators eye curbs on Trump emergency powers MORE (D-Mass.).

All three are atop most national and statewide polls, often with Biden in the lead.

However, a recent HarrisX/No Labels survey found Sanders and Biden in a statistical tie in New Hampshire, a key early voting state.

The survey showed that 21 percent of likely Democratic primary voters supported Sanders, while 22 percent backed Biden, putting the two White House hopefuls within the poll’s margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

—Tess Bonn